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The battle to preserve The Oxford Artisan Distillery

Published:  05 June, 2024

The Oxford Artisan Distillery (Toad) has become a cherished local institution since its inception. Known for its handcrafted spirits, the distillery prides itself on using sustainably farmed, heritage grains and traditional distilling methods. However, recent developments have cast a shadow over its future, leading to a campaign to keep Toad in its current location.


BrewDog continues move into spirits

Published:  25 October, 2023

BrewDog Distilling Co. will release its first-ever rum casks for sale as part of an annual online auction with specialist spirits auctioneer, Whisky Hammer. The annual auction will allow bidders to own the first casks to be filled by BrewDog each calendar year.


St Austell Brewery agrees investment with Harbour Brewing Co

Published:  28 November, 2022

Cornwalls’ St Austell Brewery has taken a minority share in Harbour Brewing Co, a multi-award-winning Cornish brewery. 


Flavourly launches Small Brewers Club at ‘mass-market’ prices

Published:  14 November, 2022

Online craft beer specialist, Flavourly, has launched the Small Brewers Club, to help beer aficionados support small independent craft breweries.


Looking ahead: Andy Wood, Adnams

Published:  15 August, 2022

With the first half of 2022 already history, Harpers asked key trade figures to highlight the current challenges, ongoing trends and opportunities


Vodka's wild ride

Published:  29 June, 2022

The corporate world is very fond of quoting an old adage: “Commerce hates noise.” Yet vodka brands cannot hide from the upheaval caused by Ukraine, rising inflation and post-pandemic behavioural shifts. With the political, economic, and social environment in a state of realignment, spirit brands have been presented with a unique set of opportunities, and threats, in 2022.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society celebrates its 150th distillery release

Published:  14 March, 2022

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) presents its landmark 150th distillery bottling this month – and it’s not a Scotch. 


Holly Ninnes to head up wine division at St Austell

Published:  07 March, 2022

St Austell Brewery, the South West family-owned brewery and pub company – and independent owner of over 180 pubs, inns, and hotels – has appointed Holly Ninnes as its new head of wine.


Morrisons among UK retailers to boycott Russian vodka

Published:  04 March, 2022

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been calls to boycott Russian brands with the country’s most famous commodity, vodka, on the radar of UK retailers.


Second national lockdown a "calamity" for hospitality without more govt support

Published:  02 November, 2020

There are deep concerns across the hospitality sector about the impact of the government’s latest lockdown measures for England which were announced on Saturday evening by the prime minister.


Drinks trade ranks poorly on new sustainability index

Published:  10 February, 2020

The drinks industry is lagging behind other business sectors in its approach to sustainability, according to a new report published today.


BrewDog launches in Oxford

Published:  28 September, 2017

BrewDog is continuing its craft beer crusade with the launch of its latest bar in Oxford.


BrewDog heads Down Under

Published:  25 July, 2017

Scottish brewers BrewDog have announced plans to take their craft beer model to Australia.


New campaign to highlight craft breweries from global beer companies

Published:  12 July, 2017

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is calling for greater clarity for beer drinkers following a number of buyouts of previously independent craft breweries in the UK by global beer companies.


Brewdog upgrades supply chain with new agreement

Published:  10 July, 2017

The ever-expanding Brewdog is looking to make its current storage and distribution arrangement more sophisticated with a new logistics agreement with XPO.


Innis & Gunn reveal rapid expansion plans

Published:  15 May, 2017

Independent Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn has announced a roster of new appointments as it plans to expand its reach into the rest of the UK and to new international markets.


Category innovation unbalanced between fruit and apple cider, says Westons

Published:  30 June, 2016

Work needs to be done to get fruit cider drinkers to explore the rest of the category.


Matthew Clark swells craft beer range by 100

Published:  06 April, 2017

Matthew Clark has updated its boutique beers list to reflect “booming” beer sales and the shifting allegiances of beer drinkers.


Strong spirits performance boosts Adnams sales

Published:  23 March, 2017

Adnams has reported a 7% jump in annual sales boosted by a particular strong distillery performance in addition to healthy brewery growth.


UK tops list for craft breweries per capita

Published:  17 March, 2017

The craft revolution has swept across the globe, with 94% of world's 19,000 breweries now producing beer craft.